Small Business

The Office of Small Business (OSB) provides the framework to cultivate the next generation of entrepreneurs, create a robust pipeline of micro-enterprises and provide growth opportunities for established small businesses. The Office of Small Business identifies specific initiatives to address the challenges faced by business owners in Fort Worth, and partners with other organizations to offer services that include:

  • Access to the city's Economic Development programs
  • Assistance with emerging businesses' growth
  • Specialized assistance in understanding financial statements, start-up counseling, business planning development and access to capital.

Additionally, the Office of Small Business oversees the operations at the James E. Guinn Entrepreneurial Campus.




The Fort Worth Business Assistance Center (BAC) is a one-stop shop for small business, dedicated to providing small business owners with the tools they need to be successful. The BAC is home to 11 on-site collaborative partners, with a mission of promoting a strong economy by providing training, technical assistance, funding opportunities, and business support services to established, start-up small businesses and micro-enterprises. The BAC provides assistance on topics ranging from how to start a business or writing a business plan to becoming minority certified. Free one-on-one business counseling is available for all clients.


TECH Fort Worth encourages the development of the technology business community by helping regional entrepreneurs commercialize innovative technology. TECH Fort Worth identifies entrepreneurs and startup companies with technologies that have a high potential for success in the marketplace and match resources of the community with the passion of entrepreneurs. TECH Fort Worth is the resource that will push entrepreneurs toward success.


IDEA Works FW, a mixed-industry incubator, is a public-private partnership with the City of Fort Worth and the BAC Education Foundation, a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. IDEA Works FW is designed to facilitate job creation, entrepreneurial development, innovation-driven operations, and strengthen Fort Worth's entrepreneurial ecosystem.

  • FY2018 TIF Annual Report
  • FY2017 TIF Annual Report
  • FY2016 TIF Annual Report
  • FY2015 TIF Annual Report
  • TIF Participation by Entity (2015)
  • FY13-14 BAC Education Foundation Annual Report
  • 2014 Annual Report
  • 2013 Annual Report
  • Market Drilldown Southeast Fort Worth
  • 2012 Annual Report
  • 2012 Incentives Report Card
  • Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce
  • Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce
  • North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG)
  • North Central Texas Regional Certification Agency (NCTRCA)
  • Tarrant Appraisal District
  • Tarrant County
  • Texas Workforce Commission

The Economic Development Department works with a variety of local and regional partners to help provide the most accurate information on several topics.

Business license

Tarrant County Clerk's Office: 817-884-1195

Chambers of Commerce

Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce: 817-336-2491
Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce: 817-871-6538
Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce: 817-625-5411


North Central Texas Council of Government:* 817-640-3300
Texas Department of Transportation: 817-370-5600


Texas Workforce Commission: 817-861-2150
Occupational Safety & Health Admin (OSHA): 817-428-2470

Licenses and permits

Tarrant County Health Department: 817-871-7200
Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission: 817-451-9466
State Licenses and Permits: 800-888-0511



Better Business Bureau: 817-332-7585


State Sales Tax:** 800-252-5555
Federal Taxes: 800-829-1040